Apple’s 12-inch MacBook Air could enter production next quarter

Elephant not included.

A larger screen size and possible Retina display are the current elephants in the MacBook Air room.

Apple will kick-off mass production of its eagerly anticipated 12-inch MacBook Air in Q3 this year, according to a new report from DigiTimes.

The report notes that Quanta Computer is set to manufacture the laptops, and suggests that they will feature minor under-the-hood changes although will retain the look of the current generation 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models.

DigiTimes’ supply chain sources apparently pointed out that Apple’s desire to move to a 12-inch MacBook Air may relate to the fact that the present 11-inch model has a screen size similar to the iPad, and that Apple is looking to establish a clear boundary between the two product lines to avoid one cannibalizing the other.

While we’ve heard Retina display rumors in the past, nothing concrete is said in the DigiTimes report. Rumors of a 12-inch Retina MacBook Air emerged late last year, and have popped up several times since then.

Currently both the MacBook and iMac are waiting for Retina displays, with some reports suggesting that this could come either later this year or in 2015.

Would you buy a 12-inch MacBook Air? Leave us your comments below.

  • markstickley

    If it was Retina I’d buy one in a heartbeat.

  • steven taylor

    macbook air 12“ / ipad 12″ pro. wouldn’t it be nice if Apple had a twist up its sleeve for us this fall.

  • bbatcat

    Who makes that cool wooden stand?!

  • azam3d

    i hope the weight same as 11 inch

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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